Is an outworld necessary?

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Is an outworld necessary?

Post: # 33606Post AntFeeder101
Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:03 am

so basicly i have my first ant worker should i present them there outworld or should i wait for more ant workers?
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Re: Is an outworld necessary?

Post: # 33607Post antnest8
Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:10 am

I would start making a small outworld for them.
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Re: Is an outworld necessary?

Post: # 33615Post MadVampy
Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:38 pm

AntFeeder101 wrote:
Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:03 am
so basicly i have my first ant worker should i present them there outworld or should i wait for more ant workers?
If your talking about the first brood (first ant from a queen that has laid eggs) then no leave them in the test tube until you get any where from 10-20 of them. They will need that number to support the queen with the other eggs and then also forage for food when you connect an out world at that point.
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Re: Is an outworld necessary?

Post: # 33616Post EthansAnts
Tue Jan 23, 2018 12:01 am

No a outworld is not necessary until they have 5 workers at the very minimum if given a outworld any earlier it stresses out the colony as they like small spaces.
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Re: Is an outworld necessary?

Post: # 33623Post idahoantgirl
Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:13 pm

MadVampy wrote:
Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:38 pm
AntFeeder101 wrote:
Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:03 am
so basicly i have my first ant worker should i present them there outworld or should i wait for more ant workers?
If your talking about the first brood (first ant from a queen that has laid eggs) then no leave them in the test tube until you get any where from 10-20 of them. They will need that number to support the queen with the other eggs and then also forage for food when you connect an out world at that point.
In the wild, they have access to the outside world at all times. Doesn't it make sense to provide an outworld when the first worker arrives with a straw acting as a tunnel between tube and outworld? I'm not talking connecting it to the outworld, i mean placing the tube in the outworld as seen here
http://www.formiculture.com/topic/4167-welcome-to-lazy-tube-serafines-camponotus-barbaricus/
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Re: Is an outworld necessary?

Post: # 33634Post MadVampy
Wed Jan 24, 2018 5:45 pm

I see no issue at all providing them with a "Feeding Tube", I in fact using something I I made that has a screen for air, connect two tubes together. Basically their water tube and then a tube I use to put food into, that way I can change it out with other food or in the case of their water supply running out I can attach a fresh water tube and migrate them to it.
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